In Bahru, there are many beautiful palaces and mosques, interesting museums and cultural centers. Many excursion routes in Bahru start from the same place - Istana Besar . The gorgeous palace is also the residence of Sultan Abu Bakar. Istana Besar was constructed in 1866 under the guidance of famous European architects. Nowadays, the palace is open for visitors. The Devan hall exhibits a rich collection of antique weapons and artworks. Most of these items were gifted to the sultan. In the Hunting Hall, visitors will see taxidermied animals. Even the Throne Hall is open for everyone. Don’t forget to visit the hall of the council as that’s a remarkably luxurious place. Once the excursion in the palace is over, many tourists head to Zaharah Botanical Garden that is open nearby. It’s a fabulous place for nature lovers.
There are many notable temples that are worth a visit in Bahru, and the magnificent Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple is definitely one of them. This spectacular landmark was constructed in 1922. Nowadays, it’s a unique architectural landmark of the international importance. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman is the first Hindu temple that is completely made of glass. The latest extensive restoration of the temple finished in 2009. More than 90% of the building is covered with the beautiful mosaics made of colorful glass. Such an unusual design has made Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman a globally renowned landmark, and in 2010 it was mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records.
Johor Old Chinese Temple is a no less interesting landmark that is also recommended for a visit. The temple was constructed in the second half of the 19th century by immigrants from China. For more than a hundred years, the gorgeous temple has been the venue for various important events and celebrations. Fans of event tourism will find it particularly interesting to visit Johor Old Chinese Temple during the days of the Chinese New Year celebration.